Dalai Lama visit row: India should ignore China's warning, say experts

| Updated: Mar 21, 2017 22:45 IST

New Delhi [India], Mar. 21 (ANI): With China reiterating its warning to India over the visit of Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama to Arunachal Pradesh in April, Indian experts have said New Delhi should ignore Beijing's threats. Defence expert Retd. Major General P.K. Sehgal asserted that China had never cared about India's core issues and that it had supplied arms to Pakistan. "India should completely ignore this. China doesn't care about our core concerns; she has surrounded India both through both land and sea. And she has supplied arms to Pakistan. It has become one of their practices to continuously warn or threaten India," Sehgal told ANI. Retd. Major General S.R. Sinho asserted that India had categorically overruled the warning by Beijing and hence, it was time China understood. "China has always been raising the objection with regard to Dalai Lama's visit. I think China is allergic to Dalai Lama," he added. Earlier in the day, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying urged India to "recognise the anti-China separatist nature of the Dalai clique." "We urge the India side to clearly recognize the anti-China separatist nature of the Dalai clique, abide by its promises on the Tibet-related issues, respect China's core interests and avoid further disturbances and harm to China-India relations," Chunying told a press briefing. Earlier this month, China objected to India permitting Dalai Lama to visit Arunachal Pradesh in April, following which India asked China not to attach "political meaning" to his visit, saying the people and the government in New Delhi view him as "a revered and a religious figure". (ANI)